Last clog I had cost me $450

Then again, it was a plumbing issue, not a shoe.

A friend on Facebook (as distinguished from “a Facebook friend”) put up this picture and asked: “Would you pay $300.00 for this shoe?” I, of course, simply had to take a look:

Ode by Diane von Furstenberg

This is “Ode” by Diane von Furstenberg, which Nordstrom describes thusly:

Antiqued studs trim the beautiful cutout leather upper of a nature-inspired clog balanced on a tiered wooden wedge.

At 4½ inches high, less one inch for the platform, presumably “balanced” is the operative word here. I am not much of a clog fan, though I do like the design on the upper, and the vaguely-rustic look means no one’s going to try to match this up with gold lamé and shoulder pads. (I hope.) It would work, though, with a long-enough skirt in something resembling earth tones; I just hate the idea of encouraging longer skirts.

Is it worth $300? Maybe. At this writing, it’s on sale for 40% off, and I think it makes a better case for itself at $180.


  1. Nicole »

    7 November 2010 · 5:43 pm

    I like the look, but everything makes a better case for itself at 40% off. :)

  2. fillyjonk »

    8 November 2010 · 7:18 am

    Damn. Does it come with a complimentary ankle cast? Because I’d probably need one within five minutes of trying to walk in those things.

  3. Vickie »

    8 November 2010 · 4:33 pm

    I have to admit, I’m quite surprised by the number of people who actually like the look. When I put it up on FB I thought I’d hear everybody saying how incredibly ugly they are…but that wasn’t the case. I personally wouldn’t be PAID $300 bucks to wear them, and, at my age, I’m still reasonably balanced in 3-inchers.

  4. Tatyana »

    8 November 2010 · 5:01 pm

    Vickie, here you have it from me: they are incredibly ugly.

    Even the lacy-cut upper doesn’t compensate for those ugly stud nails, like on an old tufted country chair. Even accounting for contrast effect that is a main attraction of clogs (a delicate willowy girl with perfect round pink heels and narrow ankles, poured into those wooden Dutch monstrosities – or their more comfortable substitutes) the combination is too crude and unflattering.

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